May 03, 2004
Big Fat Bullies
A new study links kids' obesity to bullying risk
Overweight adolescents are more likely than normal-weight children to be victims and perpetrators of bullying, a study found
The victim part doesn't surprise me, but I had never really considered that overweight kids would be more likely to become bullies.
But the observation does help explain both this lady and a certain famous celebrity:
[overweight boys] were more than twice as likely to make fun of others and spread lies and rumors than normal-weight boys.
Was it just me, or did anybody else immediately think of Michael Moore
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at May 03, 2004 12:02 PM
Morbid laughter in background: ha ha ha oh groan.
Another version of the short-man complex.
This reminds me of one of my enduring memories of 6th grade. There was a kid named Robert who was a bigshot for the age, and who did a little bullying in his spare time. Once he went over the line, and did something to piss off one of the fatter kids in school, Sean. Now, Sean was a fat kid, but one you didn't mess with. Robert messed, and paid. I remember Sean STALKING him across the playground. Robert was running, Sean was just walking slowly, actually strutting was more like it, just strutting over the little hills that we played on, covering Robert's escape attempts with small deviations in his path. The WHOLE PLAYGROUND was skittering alongside the scene, watching and waiting, as Robert apologized loudly and sincerely, and was ignored by Sean.
The playground monitors eventually got around to getting between the two, but after school Sean caught him and thumped him good.
Sean became a protector of sorts for me in highschool, as he and his other friend Shawn took a liking to me for reasons beyond me. They also introduced me to Metallica in that year of 1983.
Sean and Shawn were both "fat kids", but nobody EVER messed with either of them. Both were really nice guys to have as friends, but like the Marines, could be your worst nightmare if you were on the other side of them. I heard secondhand years later that one of them ended up doing time for assault, and the other for possession of a handgun.
Glad I was on their side.
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Ben Stein has written than fat is congealed anger. So true.